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Nearly half of the 30,000 Internal Revenue Service employees that the Trump administration ordered to work without pay did not report this week, with tax season set to officially begin on Jan. 28, 2 House aides told the Washington Post.

The big picture: Sensing that an out-of-operation IRS could spell disaster for the millions of Americans expecting to receive tax returns, the Trump administration called 60% of the agency's workforce back to the office earlier this month. IRS employees who process tax refunds are among the agency's lowest paid, and are set to miss their second straight paycheck on Day 35 of the government shutdown.

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Behind the scenes: A source familiar with the president's thinking tells Axios that Trump remains frustrated with what he sees as the lack of a vigorous investigation into his election conspiracy theories.

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Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Thursday will publicly warn that China's threat to the U.S. is a defining issue of our time, a senior administration official tells Axios.

Why it matters: It's exceedingly rare for the head of the U.S. intelligence community to make public accusations about a rival power.

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As problematic as the tech industry's diversity statistics are, activists say the focus on those numbers overlooks a more fundamental problem — one less about numbers than about power.

What they're saying: In tech, they argue, decision-making power remains largely concentrated in the hands of white men. The result is an industry whose products and working conditions belie the industry rhetoric about changing the world for the better.

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